President Ralph Eckerlin and House and Grounds Committee Chair Steve Sheffield again thank Club members who came out for the special work day on Saturday. We cleared a good path across the rocks connecting to Plummers Island. Hopefully high water will carry some of the remaining debris downstream. On the other hand, more may accumulate, so, if you missed the work day on Saturday, you may have an opportunity to participate in the future.
Ronald William Hodges, 83, died at his home in Eugene, Oregon, on Sunday, December 10, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine Rita Snyder Hodges, after 39 years of marriage. Ron was born on August 7, 1934, in Lansing, MI, an only child to parents Elma and Lester Hodges, and became interested in Lepidoptera at age six upon finding a freshly emerged Luna moth in the backyard of his Michigan home. He stated his intent to update Holland’s “Moth Book” as a ninth grader. He received his BS degree in 1956 and his MS degree in 1957 from Michigan State University, where he was strongly influenced by Roland Fischer. He went to Cornell University to work with John Franclemont. During this period he did extensive field work in New York, North Carolina, Florida, Arizona, and Ecuador. He became deeply interested in the microlepidoptera, particularly the Gelechioidea, and was awarded a PhD degree in 1961. He received a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship and commenced to work on genera of Gelechiidae. This project was interrupted when he accepted a position with the Systematic Entomology Laboratory at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service located in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C. He had several roles in the Laboratory, including laboratory chief. He stepped down from this position to continue field and laboratory research on gelechioid moths. At the Smithsonian, he met Elaine, a scientific illustrator, and they married in 1967; Ron adopted her two sons, Steven and Larry. He was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association for Zoological Nomenclature (president 1993-95), American Entomological Society, Entomological Society of America, Entomological Society of Canada, Entomological Society of Ontario, Entomological Society of Washington (honorary member, 1999), Michigan Entomological Society, the Lepidoptera Research Foundation, the Lepidopterists’ Society (president 1975-76), Maryland Entomological Society (president 1973-74), Ohio Lepidopterists, Northwest Lepidoptera Society, Sigma Xi, and Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica. He received the Thomas Say Award from the Entomological Society of America for his editorial oversight of Moths of North America in 1990, the Karl Jordan Medal from the Lepidopterists’ Society for research on gelechioid moths in 1997, and he was elected an honorary member of the Entomological Society of Washington in 1999. Ron was active until retirement in the Washington Biologists’ Field Club since being elected in 1963. He was president from 1976 to 1979 and participated on various committees and work and field days. He was for many years the lead cook in the kitchen. In 1997, Ron and Elaine retired to Eugene, Oregon, where he continued to work on moths (an illustrated, annotated key to genera of North American Gelechiidae) and, until 2011, to edit and publish The Moths of America North of Mexico. Gardening with a highly diverse array of plants and developing and maintaining a collection of mainly pleurothallidine orchids also have interested him in retirement. In his spare time, Ron gardened a highly diverse array of plants, enjoyed classical music and paired gourmet meals and wonderful wines. Survivors include Steven and Susan Hodges of Santa Barbara, California, and Lawrence Hodges of Germantown, Maryland; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his cousin Ann Haseltine of Ishpeming, MI; and Elaine’s siblings and their families; . Ron will be remembered for his big heart and generosity. He loved to share his garden, food, wine, music passions with his many friends and family. Sensitive to every dangling participle, "can I?" and "may I?" were distinguished, as were the salad and dinner forks. He is missed
Our member Dan Nicolson died on June 2, 2016. He will be greatly missed by all members
_ The Washington Biologists’ Field Club, Inc.
To: WBFC Board
See following for geological maps of Plummers Island.
Interesting article by Neil Woodman
DR. AL GARDNER
ACTIVITIES BELOW FOR MEMBERS ONLY
Dates have been set for the following events so that you may plan to be there:
Autumn 2017, Work Day: Saturday, Occober 28, 2017
WBFC members are encouraged to bring their own coffee mug to Shad Bake and Oyster Roast.
Remember the Shad Bake is always the Saturday closest to May 1st and the Oyster Roast is always the Saturday closest to November 1st, unless otherwise notified.
To view the WBFC book in PDF format go to:
Persons interested in purchasing the WBFC book see information below:
See the D. C. Audubon Society acknowledgement of the WBFC
Check out John Brown's review of the WBFC book:
The Research Awards Announcement for 2013 has been published. Check the website at http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/resshow/perry/bios/WBFCResearch_Award.htm
Take a look at John Kress's presentation relative to "genetic bar coding" on Plummers Island
A book entitled THE WASHINGTON BIOLOGISTS’ FIELD CLUB: ITS MEMBERS AND ITS HISTORY (1900-2006) has been published.
The book contains the history of the Club and a short biography on all of the members. There are 542 pictures from 1901 to the present. It is a hard bound copy with a beautiful dust jacket in color.
Copies are available for sale at $25 each post paid. Checks are to be made out to the Washington Biologists’ Field Club and can be mailed to:
Dr. Matthew C. Perry